Teaching Aboriginal Culture

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Byline: Cait Bester cait.bester@dailymercury.com.au

IN the Aboriginal community respect may be slowly disappearing.

But Yubirra elder Arnold Doyle will teach 20 Mackay Year 9 students about their culture that has not been lost, forgotten or buried, but has the power to move or change a man.

Through the Which Way? This Way! program, 'Uncle Arnold' hopes to educate selected young men of the Yubirra people one day a week for 10 weeks, spanning six hours in total.

The participants have been chosen by elders after a selection process through Pioneer High State School and Mackay North State High School.

Uncle Arnold said the program was designed to help keep the young men in school, help them learn more about their culture and help them establish an identity based on their ancestry.

A first of its kind for Mackay, the program was founded by the Darumbal people in Rockhampton and has won national awards for its success. It will be run locally by Mackay PCYC. …

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